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JULES BIANCHI

Jules Bianchi

"My dream, together with that of my friend Nicolas Todt, Jules Bianchi's manager, was to support him on his way to the summit of his career, and assist him in his personal dream of becoming a world champion; in the unanimous opinion of the racing world, he was widely acknowledged as possessing the ambition, talent and vision to achieve this goal.
Like all great champions, his dream shaped his life and every waking moment.
For us, his family, friends and followers, his passing is felt as an injustice, because Jules has left us, and we are now unable to accompany him in the realization of his dream.

Jules Bianchi

Jules Bianchi

"My dream, together with that of my friend Nicolas Todt, Jules Bianchi's manager, was to support him on his way to the summit of his career, and assist him in his personal dream of becoming a world champion; in the unanimous opinion of the racing world, he was widely acknowledged as possessing the ambition, talent and vision to achieve this goal.
Like all great champions, his dream shaped his life and every waking moment.
For us, his family, friends and followers, his passing is felt as an injustice, because Jules has left us, and we are now unable to accompany him in the realization of his dream.

Like all athletes that we support, we live not only in solidarity with the rhythm of their successes, but also their failures and battles - nonetheless it was impossible for us to even imagine living through such a tragedy as this. We had momentarily forgotten how dangerous motor racing could be, since we were obsessed, as was Jules, by performance and the ambition to achieve the ultimate result.
Our family circle is now missing an essential link, and lies shattered and broken, even though we knew that the state of our friend was irreversible.
Now, all that is left for us is to devote ourselves to the memory of this loyal, intelligent, gentle, humble, unselfish, and in every way endearing friend, whom we miss terribly and loved as a son, a brother."

With these words, Richard Mille paid tribute to Jules Bianchi, who passed away in July 2015 at the age of 25.
His rise to the top was halted by a tragic combination of circumstances during the Japanese Grand Prix in October 2014.
This drama occurred just a little over 20 years after the disappearance of Ayrton Senna, the last Formula 1 driver to die during a race.

With these words, Richard Mille paid tribute to Jules Bianchi, who passed away in July 2015 at the age of 25.
His rise to the top was halted by a tragic combination of circumstances during the Japanese Grand Prix in October 2014.
This drama occurred just a little over 20 years after the disappearance of Ayrton Senna, the last Formula 1 driver to die during a race.

Jules’ accident reminded us what a dangerous sport Formula 1 can be, despite the amazing progress made over the last few decades.
Moreover, Jean Todt, the President of the FIA, and also part of the Richard Mille family, took the decision to permanently retire the number 17 from Formula 1 in honour of Jules.

Sebastian Vettel also paid a moving tribute to Jules after the Hungarian Grand Prix: ‘Merci Jules, cette victoire est pour toi. [in French]. This victory is for you. You will always be in our hearts. We all know that one day you would have been part of this team ‘[Editor’s note: i.e. Ferrari, with whom he had a contract]’. In just a few words, the four-time world champion summed up everyone’s feelings. #CiaoJules. And bravo.

Sebastian Vettel also paid a moving tribute to Jules after the Hungarian Grand Prix: ‘Merci Jules, cette victoire est pour toi. [in French]. This victory is for you. You will always be in our hearts. We all know that one day you would have been part of this team ‘[Editor’s note: i.e. Ferrari, with whom he had a contract]’. In just a few words, the four-time world champion summed up everyone’s feelings. #CiaoJules. And bravo.

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